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Early Years is an overarching term that includes Pre-School Services. The Child and Family Agency is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, published the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 on the 4th May 2016. These Regulations are effective on a phased basis from 30th June 2016. The 2016 Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school. The Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016 were published on the 20th December 2016 effective from the 31st December 2016.
Part 12 of The Child and Family Agency Act amends the Child Care Act 1991(as inserted by section 92 of The Child and Family Agency Act) known as Part VIIA sets out the Supervision of Early Years Services.
The Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006 were revoked with the commencement of the 2016 Regulations.
The registration of school age services was introduced on the 2nd January 2019 with the publication of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018.
Prior to this Minister Zappone (TD) signed the Childcare Support Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 201. This order will enable registered school age services to participate in the affordable childcare scheme from its intirduction in autumn 2019.
A “Commencement Date” of the 18th February 2019 has been agreed to start the registration of school age services.
From the 18th February 2019 all school age service providers will be required to register their school age service with Tusla by completing the online registration process in order to comply with The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018.
Online registration of school age services will start on a phased basis from the 18th February 2019, starting with standalone school age services.
The Child Care Act 1991 provides for the regulation and inspection of childcare services which cater for pre-school children in Ireland. Under Irish law a ‘Pre-school Child is a child who is under six years of age and who is not attending a national school or a school providing education similar to a national school.’
Please note that the current system of notification is being replaced by a Registration System.
Under Section 92, Child and Family Agency Act 2013, the new Child and Family Agency is required to provide for a system of registration of Early Years Services. This means that all new Early Years’ Service Providers, including Childminder’s will have to register with the Agency and undergo an inspection before commencing operation. Existing Services and Childminders will be deemed registered on an interim basis but will be required to apply for registration and undergo an inspection in due course.
Please refer to the Tusla Website http://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/parents-guardians for additional information in the introduction of the Registration Process
The Child Care (Pre-school Services) (No. 2) Regulations 2006
The Child Care (Pre-school Services) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 were made under the Child Care Act 1991. These regulations require all Childcare services to provide specific information to Tusla. They also outline legal requirements in relation to:
Tusla Tips for Choosing a Childcare Service http://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/tips-for-parents
A centre based childcare facility is ideal for you if you want your child to mix and socialize with similar aged children in an environment that is centred around early childhood care and education. Whether privately or community run they must be notified to and inspected by the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Child Care (pre-school regulations) 2006. If you wish to view the Early Years services last inspection please go to www.pobal.ie
There are two types of childcare services community and private; the Community work within the Not-for-Profit sector while private is for profit and are self-employed. The only difference between the two is that parents using a community childcare service may avail of reduced rates through the community childcare subvention scheme if the parent is eligible.
Full day care services offer a structured day care service for children aged 0 – 6 for more than 5 hours per day and may include a sessional pre-school service. Services such as those currently described as day nurseries and crèches are included in this definition. Full day care services are covered under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations 2006 and Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2006
Child care for school-going children provided outside of normal school hours where the same children attend the child care facility on a regular basis and access to the service is clearly defined by agreement with parents and guardians. The term “after-school child care” would generally refer to such a service which takes place after school hours during the school term. However, other school-age or “out-of-school” child care facilities may open before the school day, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and-or during school holidays. There is a variety of such services provided, which reflects the diverse needs of families for such child care. There is no notification or inspection system in place for school-age child care.
A home based childcare service is ideal for you if you want your child to be cared for in a home environment where they can socialize in a small group of children of varying ages. Home based childcare services can also provide structured educational play and learning.
A Childminding service” means a pre-school service which is offered by a person who single-highhandedly takes care of pre-school children, including the childminder’s own children, in the childminder’s home for a total of more than 2 hours per day. Exceptions do occur. This service refers to pre-school children looked after in the childminder’s home. This service is offered for the full working day or for different periods during the day. Childminders who mind three or more children are covered under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations 2006 and Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) (Amendment)
Regulations 2006. Here is a handy booklet that will assist you if you choose a Childminder: Childminding – A Guide for Parents
A Nanny Au Pair is employed by parents to provide childcare in the child’s own home and can look after children of any age. Nannies may be live in or come to your home on a daily basis or as required. There is no legal requirement for a Nanny to be qualified in childcare but many have childcare training. Nannies do not have to notify the HSE pre-school Services. When choosing a nanny it is important that you interview the person and check all references supplied before offering the post. When employing a nanny, the parent should be aware of the relevant employment legislation and have employer’s liability insurance cover.
|Childcare Service||Contact Name||Address||Tel No.||Type of Service||Private/Community/Childminder|
|Bailie Tots Playschool||Margaret Cundelan||Galbolie, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan||042 9694810||Full day care, Pre-school, After school||Private|
|Bailieborough Resource Hse||Yvonne Lynch||Drumbannon, Bailieborough, Co Cavan||042 9666068||Full day care & Pre-school||Community|
|Ballinamoney Childcare Project Ltd||Imelda Carolan||Ballinamoney, Bailieborough, Co Cavan||042 9675885||Full day care & Pre-school||Community|
|Busy Bees||Margo Campbell||Leiter, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan||042 9694759|
|Little Willows Montessori||Amanda Kelly||1 Chapel Rd, Bailieborough, Co Cavan||042 9666679||Pre-school||Private|
|Puddle Lane Montessori||Elizabeth Burmiston||Institute Road, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan||042 9666385||Pre-school||Private|
|Balieborough Development Association||Madeline Darling||Community Centre Annexe, Chapel Rd, Bailieborough, Co.Cavan||042 9694624||After school||Community|
|Little Gems Montessori||Nuala Rogers||Enagh,Beglieve,Knockbride, Co.Cavan||086 2903980||Pre-school||Private|
|Shercock Child Resource Centre Ltd.||Pauline Clarke-McEneaney||Kingscourt Road, Shercock, Co. Cavan,||042 9669966|
|Pre-School & After School||Community|
|Pebbles Childcare||Pauline Grimes||Shercock Rd, Kingscourt, Co Cavan||087 62345947|
|Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Duanaire||Sheelagh McCabe||Hall Street, Kingscourt, Co Cavan||042 9667708||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Kids Corner||Catherine McCabe||22 Thorndale close, Kingscourt, Co Cavan||087 6377440||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Little Rays||Ann Keapock||Gallonray House, Maudabawn, Cootehill, Co. Cavan||049 5552239||Pre-school, After school||Community|
|Little Stars Community Playgroup Ltd||Imelda O'Reilly||C/o 31 Bellamount View, Cootehill, Co. Cavan||049 5552046||Pre-school, After school||Community|
|Rainbow Kids||Yvonne Smith||Tullyvin, Cootehill, Co. Cavan||049 5553040||Pre-school||Community|
|Cootehill Community Resource House Ltd||Bernie Duffy||82 Drumnaveil, Cootehill Co Cavan||049 5555751||Full day care inc Pre-school||Community|
|Carealot Creche||Maura Comiskey||Corgreagh, Tullyvin, Cootehill, Co. Cavan||089 4384148|
|Full day care inc Pre-school||Private|
|Bunnoe Playgroup||Tara McCabe||Bunnone Community Centre, Bunnoe, Co. Cavan||049 5553897||Pre-school||Community|
|Janette Deane||Childminder||Cordoagh Lower, Kill, Cootehill||049 5553832||HSE Notified Childminder||Private|
|Angela Deighan's Montessori School||Ailbhe Rafter||Rampart View, Virginia, Co Cavan||049 8543462||Pre-school, After school||Private|
|Happy Days Playschool/|
|Margaret McCabe||3 Coppenagh, Virginia, Co. Cavan||086 8302806||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Scribbles Playschool, Montessori & Afterschool||Louise Bosch||Drumheel, Virginia, Co. Cavan||086 3939141||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Superkids Preschool & Afterschool||Antoinette Moore||Ballydurrow Comm Centre, Ryefield Virginia, Co Cavan||049 8548266|
|Pre-school, After school||Community|
|Brightstart||Nuala Gilsenan||Mullagh, Co Cavan,||046 9242881||Pre-School||Private|
|Happy Days Childcare Services||Jacqui Brogan||Main Street, Mullagh, Co. Cavan||046 9242588||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Angels Nest Creche||Sinead Costello||Yew Park, Virginia, Co. Cavan||049 8548053||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Little Buds||Bernice Gardiner||1 Kileter, Mullagh, Co. Cavan||046 9286469||HSE Notified Childminder||Private|
|Ballyjamesduff Communtiy Creche||Julie McAvinney||Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff Co. Cavan||049 8553391||Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|Peter Pan Playgroup||Geraldine Duffy||Barconey, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan||049 8540318||Pre-School||Private|
|Playdays Playgroup & Daycare||Helen Nulty||Assan, New Inn Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan||086 0621390||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Kilnaleck Playgroup||Lorraine O'Reilly||Lois na Si, Kilnaleck,|
|Sunny Hollow Creche||Brenda Sheilds||Omard, Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan||049 4374511||Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|ABC Childcare||Carmel Sorahan||7 Cherry Grove, Drumgola Woods, Cavan Town||086 8889590||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Tullacmongan Resource Centre||Jacinta Brady||Tullacmongan Resource Centre, Killymooney Drive, Tullacmongan, Cavan Town||049 4362283||Pre-school, After school||Community|
|Sticky Fingers Creche||Jennie Heaslip||Millview, Moynehall, Cavan Town||049 4362189||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Kavan Kids Kreche||Rachel Berns||The Gallops, Latt, Cavan Town, |
|049 4327605||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Little Friends Montessori||Teresa Leddy||2 and 3 Cathedral View, Cavan Town||049 4371761||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Playaway Creche||Anne Clarke||Foxglove Hill, Rocklands, Cavan Town||086 1723057||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Stepping Stones Preschool||Bernie Gumley||River St, Cavan, Co Cavan Town||049 4931204||Pre-School||Community|
|The Children's House||Antoinette Gibbons||48 Ashbrook Manor, Moynehall, Cavan Town||049 4326826||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Small Steps Childcare||Josie Clarke||Units 4 & 5, Aeta Place, Gortnakesh, Cavan Town||049 4361951||Pre-School||Private|
|The Next Step Playschool||Tracey Woods||Billis, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan||049 8553274||Pre-School||Private|
|The Denn Toddlers Playschool Ltd, Corsskeys||Breda Smith||The Resource Centre, Loonogs Crosskeys, Co Cavan||049 4374906||Pre-school||Community|
|Smallworld Creche, Crossdoney||Sharon Kilkenny||Gorthnashannon, Crossdoney, Co Cavan||049 4337911||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Mini Me's, Butlersbridge||Evelyn Sheridan||Drumahurk, Butlersbridge, Cavan||049 4366047||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Happy Hours Community Playgroup, Ballinagh||Olivia Callery||Happy Hours Comm Playgroup, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan||049 4337786||Pre-school||Community|
|Laragh Community Pre-School||Caroline O Grady||Stradone, Co. Cavan||049 4323883||Pre-school, After school||Community|
|Ballyhaise Community Pre-school||Anne Shields||Community Centre, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan||087 7525368||Pre-school||Community|
|Drumlane Childcare Facility||Rosaleen Morgan||Drumlane, Milltown Belturbet||049 9529072|
|Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|Happy Days Childcare Services Ltd||Aisling Reilly||17 Fairgreen, Belturbet , Co. Cavan||049 9524863||Pre-school, After school||Community|
|Shona Cross Montessori Preschool||Martyn Cross||Cronera, Corlough, Belturbet Co. Cavan||049 9523391||Pre-school||Private|
|Kraty Kidz playschool & creche||Annette Coyle||Cullyleenan, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan||049 9526045||Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|Clever Clogs||Paula Donohue||21 Doon Heights, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan||049 9527965||Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|Abacus Childcare||Martina McGovern||Corrasmongan, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan||086 3461227||After School & Holiday Care||Private|
|Tir Na Nog Montessori School||Carmel Mulligan||Cormore, Arvagh, Co. Cavan||086 2357609||Pre-school||Private|
|Busy Bees||Edel McIntyre||Tycusker, Arva, Co Cavan||049 4328947||Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|Kiddies Den||Philomena Lynch||Cloncovid, Kilcogy, Co. Cavan||043 6687006|
|Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Ciaras Home from Home||Ciara Kiernan||Glasscarrick, Loughduff, Co. Cavan||087 7628099||Full day care incl Pre-school||Private|
|Little Rascals||Colette O'Reilly||Corfree, Loch Gown, Co. Cavan||043 6683244||Pre-school||Private|
|Killeshandra Community Playgroup||Rosie Galligan||Killeshandra Resource Centre, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan||049 4334011|
|Karena Farrelly||Childminder||3 Brankill, Arva, Co. Cavan||087 3423440||HSE Notified Childminder||085 2579538|
|Blacklion Creche||Lorraine McHugh||Blacklion, Co. Cavan||071 9853055||Full day care incl Pre-school||Community|
|Kiddiez Den||Priscilla Smith||Tonylion, Church Road, Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan||085 2579538||Pre-school, After school||Private|
|Drumkilly Afterschool and Breakfast Club||Ann Quigley||Drumkilly, Kilnaleck, Co.Cavan||087 1237391||After school||Community|